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Toby Uzo brace closes out New England

By Staff Reports, 07/17/21, 10:00PM MST

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Goals by Daniel Bedoya & Shak Adams help power home win

Back-to-back goals in the first half and a pair of Tobenna Uzo headers in the second 45 minutes helped FC Tucson pick up its second straight home win and up its unbeaten streak to three Saturday night at Kino North Stadium.

The 4-2 victory over New England Revolution II was the second USL League One win, to go with a road draw, for FC Tucson coach Jon Pearlman since taking over the club at the start of the July.

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Midfielder Daniel Bedoya picked up a pass from Charlie Dennis in the 23rd minute and fired it home to start the season-high barrage of goals for the club.

It was Bedoya’s second goal of the season.

Less than three minutes later, Shak Adams doubled the lead on a breakaway after a quick counterattack from an unsuccessful free kick by New England. Goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley served up the ball to Adams with a long drop kick.

The goal tied Adams with Deri Corfe for the team lead with three goals.

Playing with even more verve in the second half, FC Tucson continued to stymie New England and stretched its lead when Uzo, who joined the team the same week Pearlman took over, pounded home a header in the 47th minute for his first goal of the season.

“This is a guy who puts everything he has into the game,” Pearlman said of Uzo. “If you give him quality service, he’s gonna finish. You saw his quality in the air.”

Uzo used his head again in the 75th to make it 4-1 before New England’s Ryan Sierakowski wrapped up the scoring in the 81st.

Tucson (4-4-4) is part of a four-team logjam along with New England (5-7-1) with 16 points that occupy spots seven through 10. They're all just a point behind sixth, two back of fifth and three short of fourth.

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Tucson will host Union Omaha on July 24 with kickoff at Kino set for 7 p.m.

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